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Teddy Mitchell, son plead guilty in Oklahoma City federal court

Teddy Mitchell, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty to involvement in illegal gambling and a money-laundering conspiracy.
by Nolan Clay Modified: July 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm •  Published: July 8, 2013

In an unusual plea, Teddy Mitchell admitted Monday he was guilty of involvement in an illegal Internet sports gambling business.

He insisted in court, though, that he didn't think at the time of his involvement that he was breaking the law.

The longtime Oklahoma City gambling figure also pleaded guilty to a money-laundering conspiracy.

“I didn't realize I was doing something wrong,” he told an Oklahoma City federal judge. “I paid taxes on it.”

U.S. District Judge David Russell will decide his punishment later. He faces up to 25 years in federal prison.

Mitchell, 58, is charged with 49 felony counts but pleaded guilty to only two under a deal reached with prosecutors. The other counts will be dismissed at his sentencing.

Also under the deal, he agreed to let the government take more than $1 million worth of real estate and other property. The forfeited assets include the $356,000 Oklahoma City house where his wife was beaten to death in 2010.

“I don't like it, no,” he acknowledged to the judge of giving up the property.

The homicide of his wife, Julie Mitchell, 34, remains unsolved.

His oldest son, Dryden R. Mitchell, 32, pleaded guilty Monday to one illegal gambling count for his involvement in the Internet business and to one money-laundering count. He faces up to 15 years in federal prison.

The rest of the 31 counts will be dismissed at sentencing under his deal with prosecutors.

A federal grand jury last year indicted Teddy Mitchell, sons Dryden Mitchell and Nick Mitchell, longtime friend David Loveland and five other men. Two pleaded guilty earlier and are awaiting sentencing.

Teddy Mitchell was accused in the indictment of illegally making millions of dollars by hosting high-stakes poker games at his Oklahoma City home and by taking bets on sporting events.

His jury trial had been set for August.

The hearing

Teddy Mitchell admitted to the judge Monday that he went out and found people who wanted to bet on sporting events and then set them up online at a Costa Rican gambling site.

He said he paid and collected money off the bets.

He revealed he personally had 60 betting clients and was involved with the Internet sports gambling site from 2004 to 2010.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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